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WhoSki launch new website for pre-owned ski kit

WhoSki launch new website for pre-owned ski kit

We were delighted to see that whoski.com launched their new website this week. Founded by Sally Warren and Nicola Davenport, WhoSki.com is a peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned ski kit. Every season we see more and more interest in the sustainable fashion revolution and WhoSki is one of the platforms that allows users...
"Dude, where’s my flying car?"

“Dude, where’s my flying car?”

With new announcements about ‘electric planes’ regularly appearing in the press, I found this article by Andrew Orlowski in The Telegraph interesting. He points out that despite the many new prototypes for e-VTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) models, there are precious few in production. Orlowski writes: “Jet fuel has 70 times the energy density of...
Alpe d'Huez adds hydrogen-powered snow groomers

Alpe d’Huez adds hydrogen-powered snow groomers

SATA – the lift company responsible for Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes has confirmed it has ordered five new hydrogen-powered snow groomers (fondly known ‘Piste Bashers’ to Brits) and three new zero-emission hydrogen buses. The vehicles from Green Corp Konnection (GCK) will replace existing diesel engines to reduce the impact of slope management on...
New Paris-Milan Train Service launches

New Paris-Milan Train Service launches

Another great train option has arrived with the iconic Italian high-speed train Frecciarossa launching on the Paris-Lyon-Milan route.   Trenitalia is offering two daily return trips between Paris Gare de Lyon and Milan Centrale, via Lyon Part- Dieu, Chambéry, Modane and Turin. Prices are being advertised from as little as €29 from Paris to Milan....
Booking.com launches Travel Sustainable badge 

Booking.com launches Travel Sustainable badge 

Booking.com has launched a Travel Sustainable badge for properties implementing sustainable practices to their agreed standard. According to Booking.com, the badge will be the first of its kind in the hospitality industry and applies to all kinds of properties including hotels, resorts, apartments and holiday homes. This first version of the accreditation uses measures from the...
The award for the best railways in Europe goes to...Switzerland

The award for the best railways in Europe goes to…Switzerland

The exciting ‘Midnight Trains’ project won’t be launching for a long time yet, but their weekly newsletter continues to entertain and inform. The most recent edition awards Switzerland the badge of the ‘Best Railways in Europe’. This is not surprise to us, as we love train travel in Switzerland. Iain had travelled from the UK...
Are there climate change sceptics within the ski industry?

Are there climate change sceptics within the ski industry?

You would think that with COP26 putting carbon emissions at the top of the global agenda, the ski industry would pull together on this vital issue. Yet one ski website is apparently reluctant to accept the facts. ‘Train travel is perhaps better for the planet’ According to this article, the author believes that train travel...
Tecnica scale up ski boot recycling project

Tecnica scale up ski boot recycling project

Launched in April 2021, ski boot manufacturer Tecnica have confirmed that their ‘Recycle Your Boots’ project will be operational in eight European countries this winter. Goal to recycle 7000 ski boots this winter France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Spain, Norway and Sweden will all operate the scheme, with the goal being to collect 7000 ski...
Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

Travel by Train to the Alps via Lille

The most obvious routes to the Alps are via Paris, but did you know that you can travel to ski resorts via Lille? There are direct TGV trains from Lille Europe on the Tarentaise line to Moutiers, Aime la Plagne and Bourg St Maurice as well as through the Mont Blanc valley to Cluses, Sallanches...
New Paris to Pyrenees Night Train for 2021/22

New Paris to Pyrenees Night Train for 2021/22

Like buses, overnight trains to ski resorts come in two at a time. We only recently reported on the Briancon service and now we have news of a Paris to Pyrenees night train. After the successful reopening of an Intercités night train from Paris to Nice in May, the SNCF is launching a night service...
Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

Take the night train to Serre Chevalier

With all the (justified) attention around the new ‘Travelski Express’ service, it’s easy to forget that there are still French ski resorts that are served by a ‘proper’ overnight train that offers couchettes, rather than just seats. Long-time train travellers will recall the days when there was a wide choice of overnight sleeper trains from...
Cut through the Greenwash: A guide to 'Carbon Cutting' terminology

Cut through the Greenwash: A guide to ‘Carbon Cutting’ terminology

We are great fans of the work done by Charlie Cotton at eCollective Travel in helping companies audit and cut their carbon footprint. Charlie recently shared his thoughts to help you cut through the ‘greenwash’ and understand what companies really mean behind their carbon cutting terminology: Carbon Neutral: “I have done a high-level guess of...